Holocaust Monopoly

Jewish-ghetto Monopoly money in Czech curency (Kronen), but with numerical designations in German. Screencap from CNN.

There’s an amazing article by CNN’s Kevin Flower about the hand-drawn Monopoly set created in the early 1940s by a Czech artist who lived in the Jewish ghetto of Theresienstadt after the 1938 Nazi conquest of Czechoslovakia.

The article features an interview with Mischa Glass, who was eight at the time of his deportation from Brno. He remembers playing the game in the ghetto with his brother Dan, then 10.

Jews from Brno, now the second-largest city in the Czech Republic, were deported to the ghetto of Theresienstadt, in the northwest of the country, in 1942, along with Jews from other parts of Bohemia and from Moravia. Disease and starvation claimed 35,000 lives before another 84,000-plus were deported to death camps later in the war.



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